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NEBS Report: The Promise of Better Platforms is Coming True


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February 04, 2010

NEBS Report: The Promise of Better Platforms is Coming True

By Marisa Torrieri, TMCnet Editor

As operators prepare for next-generation service rollouts, it’s comforting to know that a handful of telecom equipment manufactures are doing their jobs behind the scenes.
TMCnet recently spoke with Jeff Hudgins, vice president of engineering for Canton, Mass.-based NEI, for a recent Podcast interview, on work being done by his company to deliver on the promise of open-standards, NEBS-certified 10 GB wire-speed ATCA platforms.

NEI has been on the forefront of building carrier-grade NEBS servers, ATCA platforms and SAN storage subsystems that are fully integrated and tested to reduce time-to-market and maximize ROI for carriers, service providers and telecom equipment manufacturers. To ensure its products are flexible and support carrier communications, NEI has had to do a lot of rigorous testing.
“The initiative that NEI took was really to prove out that you can run a full 10-gig performance ATCA platform and complete all of the rigorous testing and the NEBS Level 3 test criteria,” Hudgins told TMCnet. “In this particular platform, what we’ve done is taken an off-the-shelf chassis with a 10-gig back plane and populated that with five different vendor solutions, from a 10-gig switch to 10-gig network packet processing blades, and then three different single-board computer ten-gig blades. All of that’s running in one machine, and has gone through all of the NEBS Level 3 test criteria.”
The result is a “great proof point” for the whole industry, he added.
“This is a great thing that OEMs and service providers can put to the test, deploy in their networks,” Hudgins said.

Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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